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Book prize for NatBrainLab scientists

Posted on 03/11/2016

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Professor Marco Catani and Stefano Sandrone from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) have been awarded the 2016 Award for Outstanding Book in the History of the Neurosciences.

The award was presented by the International Society for the History of Neurosciences at their Annual Meeting held in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Professor Catani and Stefano Sandrone from the Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences and the Department of Neuroimaging at the IoPPN, won the award for their book Brain Renaissance, from Vesalius to Modern Neuroscience.

Brain Renaissance was published in May 2015, on the 500th anniversary of the birth and 450th anniversary of the death of Andreas Vesalius, who is widely regarded as the greatest anatomist of all time.

The authors translated the Latin chapters of the De Humani Corporsi Fabrica, Vesalius’ masterpiece and a milestone in the history of neuroscience, dedicated to the brain. Many chapters are accompanied by a commentary tracking the discoveries that paved the way to our modern understanding of the brain. The translation, written with modern anatomical terminology in mind, provides direct access to Vesalius' original work and pays tribute to the role of pioneering neuroscientists and people affected by brain disorders.

Professor Catani is Head of NatBrainLab at King’s. He said: ‘It is an honour to join a list of international scholars that have been awarded the same prize in the previous years. We have certainly tried to come up with something original and of interest to the wider community of scientists; the prize gives us some confidence that we have succeeded.’

Stefano Sandrone, a PhD Student in NatBrainLab, said: ‘I am delighted to have received such a prestigious award. Writing the book and receiving the prize has been an invaluable experience that has further convinced me to go for a career in the history of neuroscience.’

Brain Renaissance was reviewed by Alison Abbott in Nature last year.

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